Excerpt from 1962 Princess Kaiulani Open Class -
The Temple of God and the Hidden Manna - 3
Master #474 - Tape 1 - Side 2
Each student stands on the strength of his own conscious union with God -- the source within himself. No longer is there a faith in some thought, some truth, some printed word, nor is there even salvation in obedience to a set of rules, not even the Ten Commandments. Here in the Infinite Way, faith is removed from faith in oneself -- even in faith in one's own goodness -- even in faith in one's own deserving or worthiness. Faith is removed from any union of any human nature and is changed in this way, "Turn ye now and live." Turn from any faith in combinations of people, change -- turn ye from faith in any book of rules -- turn ye from any hope -- from any known source, and realize first, "The kingdom of God is within me." Deep within my own consciousness is the temple of God.
Ah, here we have it -- church, temple, synagogue -- these are no longer words referring to external edifices. Church, synagogue, temple. These now refer to my consciousness - your consciousness -- individual consciousness. Your consciousness is the temple of God. This can be better stated since you are actually consciousness -- you are the temple of God.
Ah, now we are back to the Master's teaching. "Know ye not, that you are the temple of God."
Now just think, I -- and you, of course, are following me in this -- I am the temple of God. God is in his holy temple. That is, God is within me. I am the temple of God. My consciousness is the temple of God. My mind is the temple of God. Know ye not that your body is the temple of God. God is the Spirit that animates your body. God breathes the life of God into you as your life so that your very life is the temple of God. YOUR life is the temple of God. Your soul is the temple of God. Your being, my being, is the temple of God. My body -- God animates -- Spirit animates my body.
I am the life. I am life eternal. I am the blood and the bones. The Spirit of God animates my being and body from head to foot. I am united to the entire source and creative being of life -- God, by my oneness with God, by my consciousness of my oneness with God.
Now mark this. This is the most important words I have spoken today. While it is true that I and my Father are one and that I am the temple of God and even my body is the temple of God -- remember that this is of no value, no benefit in my life, except through my conscious knowing it.
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Not the truth shall make you free. No. The truth is the truth whether you know it or not. But if you do not know it you may be one of the thousand who fall at the left or ten thousand who fall at the right. But none of the evils of this world will come nigh the dwelling place of those who know the truth -- consciously know the truth.
Therefore, I turn now from my ignorance of God and man, being and body. I turn and know the truth. Consciously now I know that I and my Father are one. Here where I am God is, for I am the temple of God. I am the church. I am the synagogue. I am the holy mountain for the kingdom of God is within me.
As the temple of God, God fills me -- soul, being, and body, and I consciously know this truth. This is my union with God. My knowing the truth constitutes my conscious union with God. I am now consciously uniting myself with God. I have been one with God since before Abraham was but it has done me no good until this moment when I consciously open myself to the inflow and experience of God.
The kingdom of God is neither lo here or lo there. The kingdom of God is within me. You are following this because I am speaking of you. The kingdom of God is within me. I am the temple of God. And my body is the temple of God. And my home is the temple of God. And my business is the temple of God because God has built me. God has built my body. No human being knows how to build a body. God builds the temple of this body. God has built my home.
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it."
Therefore my home is built by God. My home is the temple of God, and God fills my home, every nook and cranny of it. Therefore, nothing can enter my home that defileth or maketh a lie.
God has made my marriage. Therefore, my marriage is the temple of God and that which God has united no man can break asunder. My marriage is the temple of God. My family is the temple of God. My business is the temple of God. God built my business. And God is in the temple of my business. God is the bread, the meat, the wine and the water of my business. My business is erected to God and dedicated to God -- to good, to service, to quality -- to the benefit of mankind, and it makes no difference if my business is a grocery business, a church business, a plantation business -- when its purpose is to serve mankind it is the business of God. And God is in that business. Nothing shall enter my business that defileth or maketh a lie. If only we could know this is the truth about the steam ship business, this is the truth about the banking business, this is the truth about all business that is erected and dedicated to the service, to the benefit of mankind. Because in serving mankind we are serving God. In as much as you are serving the least of these my brethren ye are serving God. You are serving me.